Together, Local Business Listings and SEO Get Results

The longevity and prosperity of local businesses is largely determined by the ranking, reputation, and revenue they generate over time. There are many ways to maximize ranking, reputation, and revenue, but inclusion in local business listings, both in print and online, remains one of the most effective and essential strategies to increase visibility and enhance bottom line results.

The Evolution of Local Business Listings

Local business listings provide the foundation for successful business marketing. In fact, listed businesses have significantly higher ranking, reputation, and revenue than their unlisted counterparts; especially if they are listed on multiple online platforms. Today, internet marketing is all but a necessity for local businesses. If your brick and mortar business does not also have a robust online presence, it might as well be invisible to consumers. But, how exactly did we get here and what are the advantages of web-based listings? Let’s explore the evolution of business listings, including their ubiquitous online presence, in more detail.

In many ways, phone books were the progenitors of contemporary search engines like Google and Yahoo. Prior to the advent of the internet and the smartphone, the Yellow Pages were our main source of information for local businesses, products, and services. For local business owners, paid advertising in the Yellow Pages was the single most effective way to increase visibility among consumers. Over time, savvy business owners expanded their marketing efforts to include additional forms of offline advertisement such as newspapers, brochures, coupons, radio ads, and television commercials

While many of these marketing strategies remain prevalent, the growing consensus among business owners and marketing experts is that traditional, offline advertising is costly, competitive, and untenable in the long-term. Our fingers may still be doing the walking, so to speak, but customers no longer need to leaf through print brochures, directories, magazines, or newspapers to find the local businesses they need. In the Information Age, consumers anywhere can, with a few quick keystrokes, instantly connect with local businesses via digital listings on major platforms like Bing Places for Business and Google My Business Listing. Welcome to the future!

The Internet is Open for Business… Listings

Smartphones, tablets, and PCs have facilitated a vast and virtually constant online presence. Consider the following statistics: 96% of local searches are conducted by PC owners; 64% of local customers use search engines and directories to find local businesses; 50% of local mobile searchers search for business information (company name, address, or number); and 46% of all Google searches are local.* These statistics suggest that customers use the internet exponentially more than any other medium to search for local businesses.

Online listings are popular, in part, because they combine aspects of both digital and print marketing into one comprehensive index. Moreover, inclusion in many online directories like Bing Places for Business, Foursquare, Google My Business Listing, and Yelp is free. Whichever platform(s) you use to market your business, the
following components should be included**:

  • Business name/title
  • Address
  • Phone/fax number
  • Website URL
  • Categories
  • Description
  • Tagline
  • Social profiles
  • Images
  • Additional media
  • Certifications
  • Brands carried
  • Payment types accepted
  • Attributes

 

Done correctly, local business listings are extremely informative. From a single listing, customers can discover your business, find out where it is located, learn what products and services are offered, what offers and promotions are available, who the core clientele is, and how satisfied former and current customers are. Many local listings also support images, videos, virtual tours, and live links to social media profiles, thus enabling customers to interact with the business and/or business representatives directly.

The quality of your business listing is directly related to your search engine optimization and how well you use keywords and key phrases. SEO is an essential component of improving your local search engine rankings and driving search traffic to your website. The more consistent and comprehensive your business listing, the higher your ranking, reputation, and revenue.

Choose Platforms with Caution

Digital listings have certainly revolutionized how local businesses promote their products and services. That said, however, the advertising potential of local business listings is contingent upon the platform(s) you use. A strong online presence is important, so you must choose local business directories that will enhance your SEO efforts. Ideally, you want your business information listed on platforms that generate high volumes of search traffic. Presence on major directories such as Bing Places for Business, Google My Business Listing, Google+, Facebook, Foursquare, Superpages, and Yelp means your business will be visible to a vast audience of local searchers.

Anyone who has performed a search for a local business recently knows the extent to which local directories dominate the initial pages of their search results. It stands to reason, then, that local directory marketing has a higher conversion rate than most other advertising options. Listing your business in the most relevant, quality directories increases the probability that your business will be searched for, and found by, the quality – and qualified – customers you want. As your business gains traction and spreads across the web, you can join more niche platforms specific to the industry and geography of your company.

Any data published about your business, whether in print or online, impacts the ranking, reputation, and revenue generated by your company. For this very reason, no local business owner can afford to publish information that is inconsistent or incorrect. In order for local business listings to be truly valuable, all data must be accurate, complete, and easily searchable. For best results, you would do well to hire a professional digital marketing company with the expertise to support all aspects of your online advertising, to include:

  • Ad design and development
  • Content development enhanced for SEO
  • Placement of the ad on the local listing directories of your choice
  • Monitoring and tracking how well your ad performs, and adjusting as necessary to improve results

 

If you need assistance creating an online listing for your local business, Perfexion, Inc. is here to help. Our qualified professionals specialize in managing and maximizing clients’ web content, ranking, and search results traffic.

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* https://www.brightlocal.com/about-local-seo/
** https://moz.com/learn/seo/local-business-listing-components

How Long-Tail Keywords Enhance Your SEO

For webmasters, content developers, and business owners alike, search engine optimization, or SEO, is an essential part of driving search traffic to your website. There are several ways to enhance SEO and improve rank and visibility on search engine results pages, but using long-tail keywords remains one of the most important and effective strategies for increased optimization. Long-tail keywords are specific keyword phrases, containing approximately three to six words, which generate the most relevant results concordant with your search.

Keywords: What Are They Used For?

Keywords provide the foundation for search engine optimization. They are the words or phrases that, when entered into search engines such as Google and Yahoo, yield hundreds of results pages in seconds. Search engines expedite and simplify the research process, but it is important to remember that the quality and relevancy of the results you see depends largely on the keywords and phrases you specified at the start of your search. Let’s explore some of the pros and cons associated with short- and long-tail keywords in more detail.

Short-tail keywords are succinct and consist only of one or two words. Many users, especially those conducting general research on a given topic, find the copious results pages generated by short-tail keywords both expedient and informative. From a business and marketing perspective, however, short-tail keywords are costly, competitive, and largely unsustainable. While popular head terms like digital marketing and online blogging generate high volumes of organic search traffic (that is, the shorter the keyword, the higher the volume), they tend to have abysmally low conversion rates. This may seem paradoxical, but it actually makes perfect sense. Remember that, of the millions of searches in which your chosen keywords appear, only a handful of the users who encounter them are your target audience. Although your search traffic volume is high, the tradeoff is that very few users will actually browse your site and/or become a customer.

Conversely, long-tail keywords are lengthier and tend to yield more specific and relevant results. Many users, especially those looking for a certain business, product, or service, prefer long-tail keywords as a way to streamline and refine their search. Which of the following search terms do you think will return the best, most specific results – socks or red and black argyle socks for men?

While long-tail keywords typically generate less organic search traffic (that is, the longer the keyword, the less the volume), what they lack in volume, they make up for with consistent, stable conversion rates. The targeted nature of long-tail search traffic—coupled with lower costs, minimal competition, and relevant clicks and queries—increases the probability that you will find your ideal customers, and that your ideal customers will, in turn, find you.

Why Long-Tail Keywords Are Essential for SEO

• According to web experts*, long-tail keywords account for 70% of all search volume traffic, which suggests that most of your website traffic is contingent upon, and generated by, long-tail searches. If you want further proof, data from Google Analytics will likely support the assertion that a majority of the queries made with respect to your website or the products and services you offer contain long-tail keywords.

• A robust correlation exists between long-tail keywords and increased conversion rates. Statistics indicate that the average conversion rate for long-tail keywords is 36%. Although conversation rates are constantly in flux (and vary depending on the products being sold and the demand for them at a given time) the specificity of long-tail keywords increases the likelihood that customers will visit your site and purchase from your company.

• As an addendum to the preceding point, even if a customer does not make a purchase during their initial visit, if they find your website useful—that is, if your website features products and information specific to their needs—they are likely to return and share your site with others.

• Long-tail keywords have a higher optimization ranking than short-tail keywords. While the type of search potential customers perform depends entirely on the type of business you own (and on the type of traffic you hope to generate), long-tail keywords outperform short-tail terms in four out of five categories including competition, focus, cost, and conversion rate.

Data Source: SEOPressor

Short Tail Or Long Tail Keywords? — A Side-by-Side Comparison

• Done correctly, long-tail keywords provide useful and necessary context to your digital content. Without proper context, the intent and use of your selected keywords may confuse or mislead users, or even direct them to a different web page or website altogether, and thereby return the exact opposite results you want. Popular search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo give higher ranking and visibility to keywords that are contextualized in sentences, paragraphs, webpages, etc.

• How people search for information on the internet is, without a doubt, changing rapidly. Voice assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home are revolutionizing information input, output, and the role of SEO generally. Long-tail keywords will drive voice searches in the future, but first, voice assistants must be trained to receive, process, and compute long-tail keywords into relevant information as effectively as search engines do.

Although this blog focuses on using long-tail keywords to improve SEO, it is important to remember that keyword marketing is unique for every business; there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for keyword searches. That said, current SEO campaigns emphasize the importance of the user experience and intent, so, whichever keywords you choose—long-tail or short-tail—make them as user-friendly as possible. If you want to learn more about how long-tail keywords enhance your online SEO and/or how to successfully integrate them in your digital marketing efforts, Perfexion, Inc. is here to help. We specialize in managing and maximizing our clients’ web content, ranking, and search results traffic.

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Google Change of Ranking Algorithm Based on Mobile Website

Using Mobile-Readiness to Get Found on Google

Every so often, Google tweaks and refines how they return web pages in response to a search query. Google continuously assesses their search algorithms to make sure the results they provide are the most useful they can be based on the information input into the search query.

Understanding How Google Performs a Search

Without getting into the technical weeds about Google’s search algorithms and how they work, it helps to understand, in nontechnical terms, how Google performs a search and some of the information Google relies on when providing search results. One key factor that comes into play is the level of relevance of the content on a web page to the search being performed.

Google tries to determine how specific or broad a search is. For example, did the user type in cat or exotic Persian shorthair cat? Google analyzes the words a user types into the search bar, and even makes allowances for typos (cat bred vs. cat breed). And, depending on the words or terms a user included in their search (keywords), Google’s lightning-fast search for results includes looking at web pages and matching the keywords to web page content where they appear in titles, headings, and text.

A user’s personal Google search settings and patterns also inform Google and can come into play in helping Google return relevant search results. For example, a user’s previous or recent searches as well as their location can factor in the results Google returns to a search query.

Companies and website owners naturally want to be found when a customer or potential customer searches for a product they sell or service they offer. But, before Google will rank a website high in search engine results, they want to be certain that visitors to the website to have a good user experience. Businesses can help themselves in that regard by ensuring the content on their website is always fresh and the information they provide is of high quality and valuable to the people who visit their website. The business should come across as trustworthy, and the content on the site representative of a company that is an authority in its industry or on a particular topic.

Mobile vs. Desktop Search

Without a doubt, we have gone mobile. People everywhere rely on their mobile devices – smartphones and tablets – to shop, for entertainment, for conducting business, for learning and information, for communicating, and much more. As far back as 2010, industry experts predicted our use of mobile devices would surpass our use of desktop PCs. Those experts were right. According to a March 2017 report by comScore, 69% of the time we spend consuming digital media is done on a mobile device as compared to a desktop computer – and that includes performing searches on Google.

As a result, Google will be changing their optimization rules over time so that websites will only be ranked based on the mobile version of the website. Up until quite recently, it did not matter if a website was not optimized for viewing and use on mobile devices. In fact, countless sites continue to work today on only desktop computers and not on mobile devices. But, with every update to their ranking algorithms that Google performs, Google is moving away from ranking websites based on their desktop version to what they call mobile-first indexing, which ranks the mobile version of the site in terms of its content, links, certain data, and how viewable the site is on a mobile device.

Understanding Mobile-first Indexing

In anticipation of user behavior trends, Google has been slowly moving toward mobile-first indexing – a search ranking system that gives websites a mobile-friendly ranking boost. With mobile-first indexing, Google looks first at the mobile version of a website for indexing and for how they determine a site’s ranking. But, if a company has only a desktop version of their website, Google will still include that site in its index, but the sites rankings could be negatively affected.

In time, Google will no longer consider the desktop version of a website to be the primary version, but will instead give that preference to the mobile version of the website. To minimize the impact to your desktop site, you will want to ensure that your desktop and mobile sites are, in essence, created equal – that the desktop site uses responsive design and the content is optimized for mobile use.

Do I Need to Change My Mobile Site to Improve Indexing and Ranking?

There are ways to enhance your mobile website and prepare for when Google eventually makes the change to mobile-first indexing. First and foremost, the content on your mobile site should be just as high quality and valuable as the content on the desktop version of your website, whether you are using text, images, or video. Google should be able to both crawl and index all your mobile content. The key takeaway is to understand that Google will crawl mobile content, so content on your mobile website should be as relevant and valuable as possible, which ultimately serves to improve your rankings.

Other checks and updates you should make include, for example, the mobile site’s metadata and social metadata, structured data, XML, sitemaps, and more – to ensure you are using, tagging, optimizing, etc. versions of each that work within the mobile environment.

Companies can no longer ignore (or afford to ignore) the requirement to have a mobile-responsive website. In the past, a company created two versions of their website: one for desktop and another for mobile. Over the upcoming months, Google will rely more and more on a company’s mobile site or mobile responsiveness of a desktop website when it applies mobile-first indexing. Keywords, search terms, and quality content will continue to matter, perhaps even more than a URL that today is used to organize site content.

To better understand the ins and outs of webpage ranking and mobile responsiveness, or determine what your current website needs in order to address Google’s move toward mobile-first indexing, consult with a professional web developer. The experts at Perfexion, Inc. specialize in helping clients market their business online – and on mobile – effectively and profitably.

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Understanding Mobile Marketing

Understanding Mobile Marketing

Without a doubt, the world has gone mobile. People everywhere rely on their mobile devices—smartphones and tablets—to shop, for entertainment, for conducting business, for learning and information, for communicating, and much more. As early as 2010, industry experts predicted our use of mobile devices would surpass our use of desktop PCs. They were right. According to a March 2017 report by comScore, 69% of the time spent on digital media is attributed to mobile usage over desktop.
Most businesses today understand the need to do digital marketing. If they have a website—as they should—they are already doing a form of digital marketing via the internet. Many of these companies also develop separate marketing campaigns to work on mobile devices. Those who are not have some serious catching-up to do. Now, more than ever, ensuring your business is optimized and ready for use on mobile devices should be a priority.

If you are new to mobile marketing or have limited knowledge of what mobile marketing entails, the first question you should ask is: What is mobile marketing? Mobile marketing is a digital—online—marketing strategy that encompasses multiple channels for reaching a specific target audience via their mobile device. Digital marketing channels range from display ads to apps to email coupons to text messaging (SMS) to video and more.

Compare these to traditional marketing channels such as print (newspapers, brochures, magazines) and broadcast (radio and TV ads). Two key differences stand out between digital and traditional marketing: the cost to run a marketing campaign and the ability to measure a campaign’s success. In a word, digital marketing is more cost effective than traditional marketing, and measuring the results and success of a digital campaign is quick and easy, and can even be done in real time if necessary.

Now that you understand the value in digital marketing, the next question to ask is: Why do mobile marketing? Google provides plenty of reasons in their report entitled “Micro-Moments: Your Guide to Winning the Shift to Mobile.” They define micro-moments as “critical touch points within today’s consumer journey, and when added together, they ultimately determine how that journey ends.” In other words, consumers expect companies to be available to address their needs at any time. For many people, their smartphone is their lifeline; as such, they use their device to conduct searches, find places, do things, and shop and compare prices virtually around the clock.

Mobile marketing campaigns vary depending on business type and service offering. Finding what works for your business is key. For example, a restaurant might find that sending an email containing a discount coupon is more effective at garnering new and repeat business than placing a coupon in a monthly mailer. Most users would rather bring up the coupon or code on their phone than cut one out of a magazine.
Keep these tips in mind when planning your own mobile marketing campaign.

• Take a test drive. Test the mobile marketing strategies your favorite businesses (or competitors) promote. Buy something or place an order from a mobile app to get a feel for a shopping experience. See how the ordering and payment processes work. When you test different mobile marketing strategies, you figure out what you like or don’t like, and what works or does not work. The experiences will give you a better feel for what might work for your business.
• Check your website. Is it user friendly? Is it mobile ready, meaning, does it display and function properly on tablets and phones? Having a mobile ready mobile responsive website is a must if you want users to have the best possible experience with your online business.
• List your business on location-based platforms that let you run promotions on different mobile apps and social media. When you do, users can check in and take advantage of your current promotion.
• Talk with an expert. A digital marketing company will provide recommendations for increasing your online presence. Additionally, they can integrate platforms and tools you use, as well as track results and adjust programs easily.

Businesses today should rely on mobile marketing as a key—if not the key—marketing strategy for getting in front of their target audience. For more information on how mobile marketing can work for your business, contact the professionals at Perfexion, Inc. today. They specialize in helping clients market their business effectively and profitably.

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How to Improve your SEO with User-Friendly Interlinking

How Internal Links Improve Your Site’s SEO

Web developers, marketers, and business owners understand the importance of search engine optimization – SEO – for ranking a website high on search engine results pages. There are many ways to improve SEO, from publishing helpful and relevant web content, to regularly updating that content, to using the best keywords and key phrases, and more. Proper internal linking is another.

What Is Internal Linking?

Internal linking, or interlinking, occurs when one page of a website (domain) is linked to a different page on the same website. Internal links are helpful for several reasons. Externally, they help users navigate a website, which provides for a positive user experience (UX). Internally, they define the website’s hierarchy and site architecture and also set each page’s ranking authority on the site. Interlinking also provides a number of more technical functions – all related to website organization and how well the site communicates with search engines. For now, we focus on easy ways any web manager can enhance their SEO through interlinking.

Optimum internal linking provides a great user experience, as it keeps the reader engaged on your website – moving around and always looking for more information. Interlinking should flow logically and naturally to align with what the reader will find helpful and useful. As a rule, interlinking has a pyramid hierarchy, with the homepage at the top, which allows its ranking power to pass to the entire site. Think of the hierarchy as categories and subcategories, all organized and linked for relevance and a positive user experience.

In addition to enhancing your UX, web managers and marketing experts strategically link their site content for the main purpose of improving SEO, and ultimately, search engine ranking. Internal links have the capacity to increase page authority, which means the page will be indexed more quickly by search engines and rank higher in search results. As an example, a home page with earned authority that contains links to a new blog posting (one with practically no authority) transfers its authority to the page with the blog post.

Let’s look at some of the ways interlinking can help improve your SEO.

Ways to Improve SEO with Interlinks

  • Place links in web content. These links, usually formatted in bold so they are clearly visible, indicate to the user that they can obtain additional information by clicking on the link. The link should work properly and take the reader to the proper – relevant – page.
  • The most important and relevant links should appear on your website’s home page, in the site navigation bar, and in drop-down lists.
  • When deciding how many links to use, place as many as a user would find helpful within the content. There is no hard and fast rule, but use what you consider reasonable in light of the length of your web content or post.
  • Link lower authority pages only to other relevant posts on the website; linking the content within lower authority pages to your contact page, for example, does not pass any value that improves SEO. Similarly, links in sidebars should also go to pages with relevant content.
  • Ensure anchor text – highlighted text within a hyperlink that a user clicks on to open a page – is relevant and an accurate indicator of the page it is being linked to.
  • Make sure call-to-action (CTA) buttons are clearly visible and within a user’s easy reach. Each page of your site should have a CTA that prompts them to click for more information.
  • Perform a link audit. A link audit achieves two purposes: 1) It tells you if existing links in your web content are all working properly and 2) it lets you know if you have enough (or too many) links in a given content area.

Though interlinking to improve SEO may sound complicated, it is not. Follow the guidance on interlinking best practices presented here, and you’ll soon see improvements in your site’s SEO.

If you want to learn more about how interlinking can help your SEO or know how your own website stacks up in terms of user-friendly internal linking, Perfexion, Inc. can help. We are a Philadelphia-based web design and development company, and we specialize in optimizing our clients’ web content and ensuring their sites perform to the best of their ability.

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Thinking of Dumping Your PPC Program? 4 Common Misconceptions…

Clearing up the Misconceptions around PPC

Have you considered using pay-per-click – PPC – to market your business online but are concerned PPC won’t work for you? Perhaps you’re already using PPC but feel you’re not getting the hoped-for results and are even thinking of dropping your PPC campaign. Before walking away from pay-per-click altogether, make sure you fully understand the power behind PPC and the results you can ultimately achieve. Don’t be swayed by negative opinions about PPC, but rely instead on the factual information and data only a professional PPC administrator can provide. Here we clear up a few common misconceptions around pay-per-click advertising and provide a fresh perspective on how to eye your PPC to further attract customers and grow your business.

True or False: PPC is the only form of advertising your business needs.

False. Pay-per-click is good and can get results, but it should not work in a figurative silo. Only when PPC is combined with one or more other forms of advertising you do in other marketing channels will you see real results. When you promote your business in other channels, such as through SEO, social media, in print, or on radio or TV, you gain name and brand recognition. That way, when a new or existing customer is searching online for the services you offer, the chances of that customer seeing your ad and clicking on it are improved. Decide on the types of advertising that work best for your business, and combine these with a properly run PPC program for best results.

True or False: SEO alone is more cost effective than PPC and can return equally good results.

False. While it is true that SEO may cost less to run and manage than paid search/PPC, in the larger context of advertising and ROI, it doesn’t. That is because PPC serves to support your SEO programs and, just as PPC should be combined with other forms of advertising to maximize results, PPC should also be used strategically to enhance the return on your SEO investment.

A business that is looking to cut expenses and trim their advertising budget may target PPC because they perceive the cost is too high when compared to what they pay for an SEO program alone that provides organic search traffic. But when they look more closely at how paid search is working in concert with organic search results, direct traffic, local listings, and other advertising channels, they cannot help but see how they all support each other. If any one piece of the advertising pie is removed, you can most surely expect to see decreased click-throughs, calls, traffic, and other results.

True or False: PPC is expensive when compared to the cost to acquire a new customer.

False. This myth can be quickly and easily debunked when you step back and look at the entire customer life cycle. Business owners understand they need to first reach a potential customer, then acquire the customer by bringing them to the company website or store, then convert the person into a paying customer, then keep the customer beyond their first purchase and hope they become a loyal partner and advocate for your business and your brand.

None of this happens by accident. In fact, PPC helps at every step of the customer life cycle and your paid search expense is offset by the overall (lifetime) value derived from each customer. This, of course, assumes your PPC program and SEO campaign are well organized and properly run to work in conjunction with each other. When your company’s relevant information appears in different places in a web browser, and SEO gives you solid results from organic searches and click throughs, you will more than compensate for, and validate, your PPC expenses.

True or False: Once I establish my PPC campaign, it will run itself.

False. For a PPC campaign to be successful, it must be logical, organized, based on well researched keywords, and relevant to your target market. Campaign management is also important to track performance and make changes based upon user activity (or lack of activity).

Beyond these pay-per-click advertising must-haves, business owners can leverage PPC in other ways that also drive targeted traffic and spur growth for their business. Consider the business that sets up a PPC campaign based on a particular product or product line they sell. With some creative thinking (and help from a digital marketing professional), that business could consider offering new products and services that are related to their original line, and take advantage of the existing PPC account structure to bring in new customers or entice existing customers to buy more.

An effective paid search advertising campaign ensures that a company’s online marketing message lands directly in front of the company’s target audience and gets them to click on the ad. Paid search and pay-per-click advertising is not going away any time soon. This type of digital marketing has proven effective and lucrative for businesses who fully understand and are engaged in how their campaign is set up and run.

If you’ve been struggling to understand how PPC works or would like to know how well your pay-per-click ads are working for you, talk to a professional. Perfexion, Inc. is a professional web design and development company located in the Philadelphia area that understands everything you need to know about PPC and internet advertising. They specialize in helping clients maximize their return on every internet advertising dollar they spend. Contact them today to arrange an initial consultation.

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Blog Writing

How Blogging Can Work for You

The term blog derives from the word weblog, which originally referred to a personal online journal in which a writer documented activity, reflections, thoughts, etc. Over time, the word weblog shortened to blog, and the meaning expanded to include information and commentary that a business uses to market or promote itself, develop brand awareness, establish itself as an expert in a specific area, and remain relevant and active in front of followers, customers, even the public in general. Blogs are chronicled on a website and usually link to articles and information contained on other websites.

Blogs can be a powerful information source for those who follow and read them. For those who write and post them, the intent is to attract traffic to a company website and convert followers into buyers. Marketing experts and web developers understand just how good blogging can be for a company’s bottom line. Their objective is for blogs to rank high in Google searches, which also increases a company’s web presence and visibility.

The key to achieving these results lies in using and applying search engine optimization – SEO – properly and consistently when blogging. Keep in mind the following tips to help your blog content get ranked higher in Google.

Keyword optimization

First, research which keywords are best for your blogs, then incorporate them into your blog content. Use keywords in the title of your blog, and place one or more close to the start of the blog title. Use keywords strategically and naturally throughout your blog article; overstuffing an article with keywords is artificial and can backfire.

Use keywords in subheadings

Different sections of a blog article should have their own heading. These subheadings should also contain the keyword or key phrase.

Enhance content readability

How easy is the content of your blog to read and understand? Unless your industry or subject matter has complex jargon, it is always better to keep your writing simple. Online apps are available to assess the readability of your content. These apps will indicate if your content contains complex or confusing phrasing, unnecessary words, or if you have written in passive, rather than active, voice. Experts recommend keeping the reading level to a 6th to 8th-grade level.

Keep content relevant and optimized

Google loves quality content and ranks blogs containing quality content higher in search results. What is quality blog content? Content that is usable, informative, helpful, and fully detailed. Lengthy content is always better if you want to improve search ranking. Article length should be over 1,000 words, but over 2,000 words is even better.

Keep blog content updated

Since Google prefers to present search results with the most up-to-date information possible, by updating the content in your blogs frequently, you improve your ranking in search results. Simple updates are all that is needed to achieve the desired results within Google.

Link to other articles, link internally, and be shareable

When your blog contains links to other articles, you establish a relationship with the owners of those other articles, which can lead to a reverse situation in the form of backlinks to your article – great for improving search rankings. In addition, linking from your blog to other pages within your own website can help rankings, as does including buttons for readers to share your content with friends and followers on their own social media sites.

The meta description and URL matter

Have your web manager address the technical elements of your blog. For example, the URL for the blog should contain keywords and be easily readable, rather than present a generic numeric ID. By having keywords in the URL, you help Google find it. Also, make sure the meta description – how the message that describes your blog shows up in search results – is directly relevant to the content.

Your website should be easy to navigate and mobile-friendly

Google likes websites that provide a positive user experience, including those that are mobile-friendly and can be viewed on any type of mobile device. When your website is easy to navigate and users can easily find what they’re looking for, you improve SEO and site ranking, which also helps your blogs rank higher.

Other site technicalities

Ensure the web site where your blog appears loads quickly, contains no broken links, and adheres to the usual web content rules for HTML and CSS coding.

Do you have what it takes to write your own blogs?

You might be an expert in your industry and an excellent writer, but if you don’t follow the guidance contained here, your blogs could go unseen and your blog efforts wasted. Professional web developers, marketers, and copywriters can support your blogging and SEO efforts to improve the web rankings of both the information you post and your website.

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Reasons Why Your Website Has a High Bounce Rate

9 Ways to Improve Your Website’s Bounce Rate

Every business owner should know the answer to the following two questions: What is the bounce rate of my website? What is the conversion rate? If the bounce rate is high, relatively speaking, and the conversion rate is low, it’s time to revisit the content on your website and the marketing strategy you follow to drive people to your site and keep them there.

First, let’s review the meanings of the terms bounce rate and conversion rate. The bounce rate is the frequency with which visitors to your website – the home page or a landing page – bounce away without any type of interaction on your page and return to the site that originally referred them. The conversion rate is the percentage of visitors to your website who complete an action once they are on your website. That action could be buying something, downloading a coupon, completing a contact form to request more information – whatever you want them to do once they land on your website.

A high bounce rate means visitors to your site leave before you are able to convert them. The last thing a business owner wants is for a visitor to their website to leave without first taking time to look around. If you don’t know what the bounce rates are for your web pages, visit your site’s Google Analytics (under Audience Overview) to find out.

Here we look at 9 reasons why your website bounce rate might be high, and how to fix the problem.

If you want to improve your website bounce rate, first make sure you understand what the current bounce rate is, then systematically address each problem and measure improvement as you go. Without a doubt, by improving the bounce rate, you also improve your conversion rate and the ability of your site to rank well in searches. At Perfexion, Inc. we specialize in making sure clients’ websites are technically sound and perform to the best of their ability.

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How to Use Search Console for Quick SEO Wins

How Google’s Search Console Helps You Improve SEO

If you are not already using Google’s Search Console service to monitor how well your website is performing in Google searches, put signing up for the service on your to-do list for today. The intelligence and data Search Console provides is like nuggets of gold just waiting to be mined. Business owners, website managers, and digital marketers, regardless of their level of technical expertise, can use Search Console easily and apply the takeaways they learn to strategically enhance the performance of their website, including increasing traffic and improving conversions.

With Search Console, you can:

  • Monitor website performance
  • Submit content you want crawled for searches and remove content you don’t want the search engine to index
  • See which search queries work best to bring visitors to your website
  • Track and monitor your site’s backlinks (hyperlinks from other web pages to your own website or web page)
  • Be informed when an error occurs on your website, such as a broken link, missing page, or crawl error

Quickly, easily, improve your website’s SEO

One especially important reason to be signed up for Google’s Search Console service is to utilize the intelligence the data provides – those nuggets of gold – to improve your website’s SEO. Without search engine optimization, your website stands little chance of ever showing up in a Google search or getting found.

The following list provides ways to use those nuggets of information to quickly and easily improve your site’s SEO.

Take advantage of all the functionality Google provides to monitor your website’s performance and see where improvements are needed or things need to be fixed. When you systematically address the technical areas of your website that impact SEO, you both improve the ability of your site to rank well in searches and enhance the user experience across the entire site. The end results are well worth the effort. At Perfexion, Inc. we put our web development and web content expertise to work for you. We specialize in making sure clients’ websites are technically sound and perform to the best of their ability at all times. Contact us today.

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Home Page Must Haves

Website Home Page Must-Haves

The home page of a website has mere seconds to impress and engage those who visit it. People who visit a website for the first time are usually looking for certain information upfront – information that indicates they are in the right place. When users’ initial questions are addressed right away, they’ll be more likely to remain on the website, look around, and respond to a call to action. Think about what you look for or expect to find on the home page of a website you visit for the first time. Then think about what you do if you are unable to quickly or easily find the information you’re looking for. Chances are, you click away and search elsewhere.

The content on your website home page should inform, build reader confidence in your business, and showcase you as credible and trustworthy. Every business is different, so content will vary from one website to another. But the following nine elements are must-haves for every home page.

  1. Spell out what you do – Inform visitors in simple, straightforward terms exactly what your business does. If the purpose of your business is not immediately clear, people will leave your website and go to one that clearly spells out what they do.
  2. Explain how visitors benefit from using your products or services – Beyond saying what you do, make clear the main benefit (or benefits) your offering provides or the problem it solves.
  3. Client testimonials – Strategically place several customer reviews on the home page, as these highlight your experience and build trust. Testimonials that mention the service you provided and the clients’ satisfaction are all you need.
  4. Awards, recognitions, associations, certifications – These showcase your professionalism and expertise, and give you credibility in your industry.
  5. Overview of service offerings – Mentioning your products and services on your home page and linking them to more detailed information serves you three ways. You: 1) better inform visitors about what you do or sell, 2) make it easier for them to click the link for more detailed information, and 3) help your home page rank higher in search engine results.
  6. Contact information – Don’t hide or bury key information such as your phone number, email address, and mailing address. By providing this information, you let customers know your business is legitimate and that they can easily communicate with you. The footer of the page is where most companies place their contact information.
  7. Social media links – If you also market your business on social media platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, or Twitter, you probably want to get the word out as much and as often as possible. Your homepage should include clearly identifiable icons for each to make it easy for users to Like, Follow, Share, and Retweet!
  8. Images and graphics – Quality images that are unique to your business let visitors know what to expect and go far in building credibility. Use stock images sparingly, and make sure all images are high resolution and sized properly.
  9. Call to action – Decide what you want visitors to your website to do once they’re there. Do you want them to subscribe to your email list? Clip a coupon for the offer of the week? Complete a form for more information? Place a logical and clear call to action for whatever makes the most sense for your business.

A home page should provide upfront information about your business that your target customers most want and need to know. Incorrect or insufficient information either forces the user to click around to find what they want, or worse, causes them to leave the website without looking any further. Even if other pages on your website contain exactly what they are looking for, if the home page is unclear, visitors are more likely than not to click away. And when visitors click away after visiting just one page, the bounce rate for your website goes up.

Look at the home page of your website with a critical eye. Does it contain the information a new visitor needs to understand who you are, what you do, and the value you bring? If not, take time to update the home page to add these critical elements, or hire a professional web design and development company with the digital marketing expertise to make sure the home page for your business makes the best first impression it possibly can.

Philadelphia web design company Perfexion, Inc. specializes in web design and development, including search engine and digital marketing. They are experts at building websites that meet users’ needs and add value to the business they represent. Perfexion thrives on helping clients be as successful as possible. They collaborate closely with you to understand your business and put that information to work in every website they build.

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